State inspectors who signed off on Fire Ball ride will keep their jobs
The Department of Agriculture released its final report into the deadly Fire Ball crash at the Ohio State Fair. The department determined the four inspectors who called the ride safe hours before a swing arm tore off mid ride which killed rider Tyler Jarrell and injured seven others will keep their jobs.
In an email to ABC 6/FOX 28, a department representative wrote, "The Department remains confident in the work of our inspectors."
Two months earlier, the State Highway Patrol released interviews of the inspectors who were questioned on a pictured crack to that swing arm on opening day. In the recording, an attorney for one of the inspectors "objected" to the question.
He said, "I mean, I know we're not in the courtroom but you're making a conclusion that that is a crack."
The investigator with OHP replied, "It came off. I know it's a crack. If you don't want to answer, that's fine."
However, The Department of Agriculture does address the paperwork violations made by Fire Ball ride owner and operator Amusements of America. The department concluded A.O.A. contacted them immediately after the crash but did not file a report in the obligated 24-hour time frame. Due to a lack of problematic history with A.O.A., the Department of Agriculture will not pursue any action against the owner like administrative fines, civil penalties or license revocation.
Attorneys representing Tyler Jarrell's family told ABC 6/FOX 28 that they were waiting for the Department of Agriculture report before filing a wrongful death suit in the case. They said they have also been waiting to see if ride manufacturer KMG out of the Netherlands will cooperate in their negotiations. They've received information that KMG is not insured for these types of tragedies. ABC 6/FOX 28 tried to reach out to KMG Friday for a response but has yet to receive comment.